No conversation about burgers in New York would be complete without mentioning Minetta Tavern, so of course I headed over there. Home to the famous Black Label burger – boasting dry aged meat, ground to perfection – I tapped a friend to join me because did you know there is also a Minetta burger?
In fact, a close food confidante of mine enjoys it better than the Black Label! Many would call this blasphemy. But I say to each his/her own (but he’s wrong). (Just kidding.)
First up, because one must eat one’s vegetables when one consumes this many burgers in so many weeks – a roasted tomato salad. A lovely specimen, to be sure, but in August, doing anything more than slicing and adding a little salt to tomatoes is a crime. This was slight overkill.
First up, the Black Label burger. It’s so dark in there! This burger deserves its space on all those top lists. I don’t know if it’s the best burger in the city, but it’s a damn good specimen. Cooked perfectly and juicy, with a bit of funk from the dry aged meat, it just goes down nice and easy.
The Minetta burger is no slouch either – cheese covered and also cooked perfectly, less funk from the meat but more from the cheese – it’s a great burger. The fries are solid too, if a bit greasy. And cocktails are great in the very cool, historical dining room. Definitely have a couple of those as well.
If you like burgers, you should definitely check this place out. It deserves a spot on your list… somewhere.